Mumbai: Cutting across party lines, Maharashtra politicians paid tribute to Congress veteran and former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who died in New Delhi on Saturday.
In a tweet, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, "Saddened and shocked to know about sudden demise of former Delhi CM Smt Sheila Dikshit ji. My deepest condolences to her family and followers."
NCP chief Sharad Pawar said he was "deeply saddened" to hear about 81-year-old Dikshit's demise and described the Congress veteran, with whom he has worked in the past, as an "able administrator".
"Her tenure as CM of our capital city will always be remembered. We have lost a senior Congress leader and an able administrator. My sincere condolences to her family members," Pawar tweeted.
Maharashtra Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat termed Dikshit's demise as "very painful", and said she was a very loyal follower of the well-cultured tradition of the Congress.
"Deeply anguished on learning about the death of veteran leader #SheilaDixit ji. It is an immeasurable loss to the country. May her soul Rest In Peace," Maharashtra NCP chief Jayant Patil said on Twitter.
Former Union minister and Mumbai Congress chief Milind Deora termed Dikshit as the party's "tallest urban leader and popular CM" and credited her for transforming Delhi.
"She was also a caring host, a personal mentor & family friend," he tweeted. Shiv Sena deputy leader Priyanka Chaturvedi said Dikshit's demise was the "most terrible news to hear".
Chaturvedi, formerly with the Congress, said Dikshit was an inspiration to many women leaders like her. "My heartfelt condolences to her family, her friends, her colleagues and to the people of Delhi," she tweeted.